From time to time parents have asked me, "Why do you volunteer or coach soccer?"
Ever since I was a kid, as far back as I can remember,
Soccer has always been my passion.
Every Sunday my dad took me to the stadium to watch a soccer match. Besides the tactics and the game itself, the chance to mentor young people is pretty special for me, since I am fascinated with leadership and leadership styles. I am far from a perfect coach. I make mistakes. However, I always try to have the kids best interest in mind. I believe there is an opportunity to model the positive behavior we expect from our children.
I want my players to believe anything is possible in life with a little hard work, determination and sacrifice. That, to me, is what soccer is about: hard work. Think about the effort that goes into manufacturing a goal sometimes. Players have to understand each other, work together, communicate effectively. A lot of the same skills they will need at a work place later on in their life.